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Food Sharing Hosts Successful Annual Fundraiser
Youthful volunteers gather at the end of the evening Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Riverbank Christian Food Sharing Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. They helped throughout the evening, with set up, serving, bussing tables and the final clean up. Ric McGinnis/The News
Organizer Lynda Silva conducts the “bag-o-rama” drawings at the end of Saturday’s Christian Food Sharing Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser held at the Riverbank Community Center. The drawings were an additional way of raising money to finance the organization’s efforts to gather and distribute food to the needy within the community. Ric McGinnis/The News

A long standing Riverbank non-profit organization served up its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Riverbank Community Center.

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. volunteers, led by Lynda Silva, served the piping hot meal, which included garlic bread, spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, and dessert, featuring ice cream and cookies.

Young members of the Rotary Key Club, Kiwanis and the Forensic Biotech Club at Enochs High School helped serve the food, and helped make sure diners had everything they needed, then helped clear the tables to set up for the next group who came.

And those diners came and went through the evening, except for a loyal group who stayed to the end to learn the winners of the “bag-o-rama” where drawings were held to determine who got prizes donated by area businesses.

Instead of having a printed program, Food Sharing chose to have the placemats specially printed, with acknowledgements of the groups and businesses that helped put on the event. It also included large photos honoring past group volunteers Bernice Beck and Lucy Alcala.

Credits included the City of Riverbank, Riverbank Rotary, O’Brien’s Market, Riverbank Federated Women’s Club, Save Mart Supermarket, Valley Donuts, Salvation Army, Interfaith Ministries, Good Samaritans and Royal Neighbors.

They also acknowledged the Ace Hardware Store in Oakdale, the Bank of Stockton branch in Modesto, St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church and First United Methodist Church in Riverbank.

Christian Food Sharing provides needy residents in Riverbank with emergency food assistance. Food distribution takes place every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Riverbank Scout Hall, 3017 High St.

In order to receive assistance, recipients need proof of income, proof of address, social security card for each family member, and a valid California ID. This food sharing program is provided to residents of Riverbank only. Spanish and English are spoken.

Riverbank Christian Food Sharing is a non-profit corporation, operating since 1985.

For more information, contact the group at 209-869-3710.